May 3, 2005

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(23-15; 7-10 Big Ten)
(9-25; 2-10 Horizon League)

12:05 p.m., May 4, 2005
Bill Davis Stadium
Columbus, Ohio

SERIES HISTORY: Ohio State leads 31-6
Last Five Meetings
May 9, 2001 at Ohio State 9, CSU 0
May 15, 2002 at Ohio State 14, CSU 0
May 6, 2003 Ohio State 4, CSU 1
May 14, 2003 at Ohio State 6, CSU 1
May 19, 2004 CSU 7, at Ohio State 2

NPR 820 (WOSU-AM);
Neil Sika and Paul Barnes


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State won its second Big Ten series of the season by taking the final three games against Indiana this past weekend at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes went 5-1 last weekend coupling the weekend results with a midweek doubleheader sweep against Eastern Michigan. The Scarlet and Gray has won 10 of its last 15 games and puts a 23-15 overall record on the line Wednesday against Cleveland State.

Fans will be treated to a rare matinee against the Vikings with first pitch to be thrown out at 12:05 p.m. More than 3,000 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools will attend the game as part of CPS Day at Ohio State which begins at 10 a.m. with a pep rally at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Cleveland State is 9-25 on the year and 2-10 in Horizon League play, but took Notre Dame to 13 innings on Friday before falling 7-6. The Fighting Irish won 13-3 on Saturday. The Vikings beat Ohio State 7-2 last year in Columbus.

The game will be broadcast only on the Internet at Neil Sika and Paul Barnes will describe the action.

More than 3,000 sixth-grade students from Columbus Public Schools will be in attendance at the game Wednesday to celebrate CPS Day at Ohio State.

The students will come to campus in the morning for an educational pep rally at 10 a.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium before making the trek across the parking lot for the Buckeye baseball game vs. Cleveland State. CPS Day is geared to show young students the opportunities for and advantages of higher education and the importance of staying in school.

The sixth-graders, who met an attendance criteria set by their schools, were welcomed to campus by the Ohio State cheerleaders, mascot Brutus Buckeye and members of the Ohio State band. Archie Griffin, President/CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, Ohio State student-athletes and other guest speakers participated in the pep rally.

The day also featured a pre-game lunch at Bill Davis Stadium and a college fair, which included colleges from across the university on display for the students to learn about the opportunities available at Ohio State.

Dr. Marvenia E. Bosley, deputy superintendent of Columbus Public Schools, will throw out the first pitch along with a selected student. Three students will be guest public address announcers for an inning and selected student reporters are scheduled to meet members of the media.

Columbus Public Schools developed a standards-based curriculum oriented around baseball, including the history of baseball, knowledge of the game, baseball statistics and biographies of famous players. The curriculum also encompassed music classes (learning the national anthem and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”) and art classes, which took part in a baseball game program cover contest.

Planning for the outreach effort has involved Columbus Public Schools, Coca-Cola, Children’s Hunger Alliance and many areas at Ohio State, including the Department of Athletics, the P-12 Project and Student Affairs.

Ohio State has won 10 of its last 15 games, including five of six last week. It took both ends of a double dip against Eastern Michigan last Wednesday and then took three of four from Indiana after dropping the first game of the series.

Jedidiah Stephen batted .438 (7-for-16) in six games last week. Had his first triple of the season and his team-leading fifth home run, a three-run shot in game one against Eastern Michigan. He also batted in nine runs and scored three times and owned a slugging percentage of .750. Stephen stole two of three bases and added two sacrifice flies. Steve Caravati led the team with eight hits and batted .444 in the six games last week. He hit his first home run of the season and batted in two runs and scored five times.

Stephen is leading the everyday players with a .317 batting average. He has 39 hits (seven doubles, one triple and five home runs), has batted in 29 runs and scored another 20. He also leads the team with a .512 slugging percentage. Mike Rabin is batting .314 with 37 hits and 12 RBI, while Jason Zoeller, who is batting .313, continues to lead the team with 41 hits. Zoeller has six doubles two triples and four home runs and has batted in 21 runs, while scoring a team-best 30. Paul Farinacci has a team-high 12 doubles and 34 RBI. Ohio State is batting .290 as a team.

Rory Meister was a strength for the Buckeyes last week out of the bullpen. He pitched in five of the six games and picked up his first two saves at Ohio State. He allowed only two hits in 11.2 innings and did not allow a run. He struck out 13 batters while walking only two. Batters averaged just .057 against him and only one of his hits went for extra bases, a double. His two saves came in the final two games against Indiana.

Mike Madsen notched a pair of wins last week, beating Eastern Michigan in game one of a twin bill last Wednesday before returning Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader against the Hoosiers. He struck out 11 batters in 6.2 innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Cory Luebke pitched the first game Saturday and went the distance to record his third complete game of the season and the first career shutout in which he allowed only four hits. The 3-0 win was the first team shutout this season by Ohio State. Jeffrey Carroll posted the other win for the Buckeyes against Indiana. He came on in relief for starter Trent Luyster and did not allow a run on five hits in 2.1 innings. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes broke a 4-all tie and went ahead 6-4 before he was replaced by Trey Fausnaugh and eventually Meister, who got the save.

Ohio State leads the Big Ten with its 3.93 team ERA and is the best fielding team in the Big Ten with a fielding percentage of .971. The team’s .290 batting average though, ranks seventh in the league.

Cleveland State took a 9-25 record into its Tuesday game at Jacobs Field vs. Ohio University. The Vikings were hitting .254 prior to that contest, led by Mike Ochwat, who is batting .333 to lead the team. He has 33 hits, four doubles and one home run and has knocked in eight RBI. Dominic Erney leads the team with 40 hits, seven home runs and 28 RBI. Kolin Kelly is batting .300 with 24 hits and 10 RBI.

The Vikings had not named a starter prior to Wednesday’s game. Matt Kaltenbach leads the team with three wins (3-4) and 43 strikeouts in 64.0 innings. Gian Testa leads the staff with a 3.13 ERA and is 2-2 with 33 strikeouts through 31.2 innings. Gary Ball also has two wins and has a 4.54 ERA and 26 strikeouts through 39.2 innings. The staff has a 6.22 ERA.

Jay Murphy (Oswego State, 1981) is 169-294 in his ninth season at Cleveland State, but he is 285-427-1 in his 14th season as a college coach.

Ohio State leads the all-time series vs. Cleveland State 31-6, but the Vikings won 7-2 last year to snap a seven-game win streak by the Buckeyes, dating back to 1997. The series itself dates back to 1980. OSU coach Bob Todd is 19-2 against Cleveland State.

Last 12 Meetings (Ohio State leads 10-2)
March 27, 1993 at Ohio State 8, CSU 5
March 28, 1993 at Ohio State 9, CSU 5
April 27, 1993 at Ohio State 10, CSU 1
April 26, 1997 CSU 5, at Ohio State 3
May 27, 1997 at Ohio State 23, CSU 6
May 6, 1998 at Ohio State 15, CSU 4
April 28, 1999 at Ohio State 12, CSU 8
May 9, 2001 at Ohio State 9, CSU 0
May 15, 2002 at Ohio State 14, CSU 0
May 6, 2003 Ohio State 4, CSU 1*
May 14, 2003 at Ohio State 6, CSU 1
May 19, 2004 CSU 7, at Ohio State 2
* Jacobs Field, Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland State scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie and cruised to a 7-2 victory over Ohio State May 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes had only six hits, including three in the first four innings, against 12 hits by Cleveland State, which overcame three errors to beat Ohio State for the first time since 1997.

Drew Anderson led off the Buckeye first with his 12th career triple and scored on a ground out by Jacob Howell to put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard first. Jim Waller tied the game in the top of the second with a two-out home run over the fence in left-center field and then the Vikings took a 4-1 lead in the top of the third on a three-run home run by Gary Ball. Cleveland State added a fifth run in the fourth, again with two outs. The Vikings turned a one-out double down the left-field line by Dominic Erney into the sixth run of the game when Ben Smith singled through the left side. The Buckeyes countered that run when Kelly Houser crossed the plate on a single by Howell for the second run of the game. But Cleveland State got that run back in the top of the eighth, also capitalizing on a one-out double. Chinn doubled to the gap in right-center field and scored on a single to shallow center field by Besozzi to give the Vikings a 7-2 lead.

Caravati and Ronnie Bourquin led Ohio State getting two hits each in three at bats. Howell drove in two runs with a ground out in the first and a single in the seventh. Dan DeLucia got the loss.

Jedidiah Stephen was 4-for-5 and batted in six runs to lead the Buckeyes to a midweek, non-conference doubleheader sweep over Eastern Michigan Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium.

Stephen was 2-for-2 with a career-high five RBI in game one with an infield single, a sacrifice fly and his team-leading fifth home run of the season in game one and then went 2-for-3 with one RBI and a stolen base in game two.

In the first game, Ohio State scored three runs in the fourth and added six runs in the fifth as it cruised to a 10-3 victory over the Eagles. The Buckeyes scored first in the second before Eastern Michigan tied the game in the top of the fourth. The Buckeyes reclaimed the lead in the home half of the fourth inning taking benefit from a pair of walks and two hits. Six more runs crossed the plate in the fifth inning, keyed by a two-run double by Paul Farinacci and a three-run home run off the scoreboard by Stephen.

Cory Luebke started the game, but yielded to Mike Madsen, who pitched two innings and picked up the victory to move to 3-3 on the year. The win was his 20th career win at Ohio State. Bob Lothian got the loss for Eastern Michigan. The Buckeye pounded out 11 hits to score 10 runs. Rabin was 3-for-3 in his second straight three-hit game and third in his last five games. Caravati and Zoeller each went 2-for-3.

In game two, Ohio State rallied from a two-run deficit to score the final three runs of the game, including the game winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Paul Farinacci. With the score tied 2-2 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, Steve Caravati got things started with a base hit to left-center field. He went to second on a wild pitch before coach Bob Todd brought in Wes Schirtzinger to pinch run. Schirtzinger went to third on a bunt single by pinch hitter Jacob Howell. Jeff Fischer, the fourth pitcher used by the Eagles in game two, intentionally walked Jason Zoeller to load the bases and get to red-hot Jedidiah Stephen, who already had four hits and six RBI in the two games. Stephen popped up to second before Farinacci drew the game winning walk on a pitch above his chest to plate Schirtzinger and give the Buckeyes the second win in their last at bat this season.

Stephen led the Buckeyes in going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Ohio State had five hits to Eastern Michigan’s four, but left 13 base runners in the game, taking benefit from eight walks and one hit batsman.

Trey Fausnaugh picked up the win (3-1) despite not entering the game until two were gone in the seventh. With one runner on base, he fanned Ben Jones, who had already delivered one of the two Eastern Michigan runs to get out of the inning.

GENE SMITH TOSSES FIRST PITCH Gene Smith, the new Ohio State athletics director, threw out the first pitch prior to the second game of the doubleheader against Eastern Michigan. The eighth athletics director in school history delivered a slider to reserve catcher Jamey Moore. Smith, who was the athletics director at Eastern Michigan from 1985-93, began his Ohio State tenure April 15. He came to Ohio State after serving as AD at Arizona State from 2000-05.

WEDNESDAY GAMES AT BDS Ohio State is 4-1 in home Wednesday games this season after winning both games against Eastern Michigan. After beating Toledo 12-4 in the home opener March 30, the Buckeyes lost to Oakland 6-5 before rebounding to take a 15-4 win over Malone. The team did not have a Wednesday game last week.

Jedidiah Stephen leads the Buckeyes in their five home midweek games with a .500 batting average. He is 8-for-16 with one home run, eight RBI and three runs scored. Jacob Howell, who has played just four of the games is 6-for-13 (.462) with one triple, five RBI and three runs scored. Jason Zoeller is batting .375 (6-for-16) with one double, three RBI and a team-best seven runs scored. Ohio State is batting .319 in Wednesday home games and has a 2.85 ERA, while outscoring the opposition 45-19. Opponents are batting only .222.

The next home Wednesday date is next week when the Buckeyes welcome Cleveland State to Bill Davis Stadium. There also will be 3,000 sixth-graders from Columbus Public Schools at the game, which already is sold out.

Ohio State baseball fans are now able to watch select games by webcast online at The webcast is available within the College Sports Pass subscription service which features exclusive live and on-demand audio and video content. For more information, go online to

Remaining Ohio State Baseball Webcast Schedule
May 4 vs. Cleveland State @ 12:05 p.m.
May 11 vs. Miami (Ohio) @ 6:35 p.m.
May 20 vs. Minnesota @ 6:35 p.m.
May 21 vs. Minnesota @ 4:05 p.m.
May 21 vs. Minnesota @ 7:05 p.m.
May 22 vs. Minnesota @ 1:05 p.m.

Ohio State had to rebound after its Friday night loss to Indiana to claim the final three games of the series to win the series three games to none. Indiana kept the Buckeyes winless on Friday in Big Ten play with a 10-1 triumph before Ohio State came back to win 3-0 and 7-3 in the doubleheader and 10-8 in the series finale.

The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Ohio State scored its only run of the game in the fourth and then they added two more runs in the seventh before a Buckeye meltdown allowed five more runs to cross the plate in the top of the ninth. Dan DeLucia struck out seven and walked two in giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6.1 innings before turning over the reigns to the bullpen in the seventh.

In game two, Cory Luebke threw his third complete game as a Buckeye and was supported by runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings as Ohio State recorded its first shutout of the season. Luebke allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out three to improve to 4-2 on the year. Jedidiah Stephen drove in the first run in the second, Steve Caravati knocked in Mike Rabin in the fifth and then Ronnie Bourquin hit his second home run of the year, a solo shot, to lead off the sixth and give OSU the 3-0 win.

In the nightcap, Ohio State pitchers struck out a season-high 12 batters, including a career-best eight strikeouts from Mike Madsen, and Rory Meister earned his first career save as the Buckeyes beat Indiana 7-3 Saturday. Leading 5-3 with runners at the corners and two out in the fifth, Mesiter came in to retire the final seven batters of the game to earn his first career save. Matt Angle and Jason Zoeller each went 3-for-4. For Madsen, it was his second win in the week after he beat Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.

In the series finale, Ohio State had to fight back from a 4-1 deficit to win 10-8. The Buckeyes tied the game in the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and sixth before Caravati got things going in the seventh with his first home run of the season that sparked a four-run inning. The Buckeyes gave up four runs in the top of the eighth, but Meister came in to preserve the two-run win to get his second straight save.

Ohio State freshman pitcher Rory Meister has been named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after making five relief appearances in the Buckeyes’ six games last week. Meister helped guide the Buckeyes to a 5-1 week by striking out 13 batters in 11.2 innings and picking up the first two saves of his career. The freshman right-hander allowed no runs and only two hits during the week while walking only two batters. In two midweek contests with Eastern Michigan, Meister entered the first game with the bases loaded and no outs and struck out the first hitter he faced before forcing a double play. In the second outing, he struck out a career-high five batters in three and two-thirds innings. Against the Hoosiers, he finished game three of the series by retiring the final seven batters he faced before earning his second career save in the finale by preserving a two-run lead. Meister is the second OSU hurler to be named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week this season as teammate Trent Luyster was selected on March 7.

The Buckeyes drew 7,782 fans over the three dates vs. Indiana, including a season-high crowd of 3,612 for the Saturday doubleheader. Ohio State drew 7,370 for the home series vs. Purdue and 6,839 for the Michigan State series. Through 13 home dates this season, Ohio State has drawn 27,945 fans, an average of 2,149.6 per game. With the Wednesday game vs. Cleveland State already sold out, the number is assured to climb. Minnesota, which has traditionally been a big draw for Ohio State, comes to Bill Davis Stadium May 20-22. The Buckeyes also play host to Miami (Ohio) next Wednesday, giving them four more home dates to try and climb the NCAA season attendance list. Ohio State drew an average of 2,133 last year to rank 27th in the national and first in the Big Ten. In fact no other school in the conference ranked in the Top 50 nationally.

Last week, Purdue swept Minnesota and Michigan swept Michigan State to shake up the Big Ten standings. Illinois split four games with Penn State to take advantage of Minnesota’s trouble in West Lafayette to take over the top spot by itself with a 14-6 league record. Minnesota and Iowa now are tied for second with 12-8 records. Purdue climbed from seventh to fourth at 9-7, while Penn State and Northwestern are tied for fifth. Still on the outside looking in for berths in the Big Ten Tournament are Michigan at 8-9, Ohio State at 6-10 and Indiana at 5-15. The top six teams based solely on percentage points advance to the conference tournament, which is hosted by the team with the best regular season league record.

Northwestern is at Illinois and Minnesota is at Iowa for Friday to Sunday series this weekend, while the other three series will be played Saturday through Monday because of final exams and graduation. While Ohio State is at Penn State, Purdue will be at Michigan and Michigan State will be at Indiana.

In the Big Ten rankings that were released Monday, Ohio State ranked seventh in team batting (.290), in front of Iowa (.286), Minnesota (.284) and Purdue (.278); ranked first in team ERA (3.93); and was first in fielding (.971). Not a single Buckeye has a batting average ranked in the Top 10 in the league. Ranking individual ERAs, Cory Luebke is third with his 2.24 ERA, just behind Illinois’ Brian Blomquist (2.09) and Michigan’s Jim Brauer (2.21). Teammate Dan DeLucia is seventh with his 3.17 ERA. In conference-only stats, the Buckeyes rank dead last in team batting (.267), fifth in team ERA (4.96) and are tied for third in team fielding (.966). No Buckeye ranks in the Top 10 in batting average or ERA in conference-only games.


Steve Caravati is ninth with his .354 career batting average.His 222 hits rank 11th, while his 627 at bats have him ranked 20th.The fifth-year senior co-captain from Dover, Ohio (Dover) is tiedfor third with 11 triples (two away from the school record) and his22 career home runs rank 21st. Caravati has batted in 149 runsduring his career (tied for 10th in school history), including 52RBI last season. He needs 32 to move into second place all-time atOhio State. Dan Seimetz (1995-98) holds the school record with 236RBI. Mike Rabin has 743 career at bats, which is ranked third byany player in school history. The OSU record is 823, set by MarkCarek (1995-98). Rabin, who already has 118 at bats in 2005, needs80 at bats to break that record. He had 234 at bats as a sophomoreand 228 last year, so that is one record to watch. His 43 stealstie for seventh most in school history. Rabin’s 219 hits rank 14thmost in school annals. With five home runs this season, JedidiahStephen has 18 career home runs. The junior from Caldwell, Ohio,needs two more to crack the school’s Top 25 list. With 21 careervictories, Mike Madsen ranks tied for 14th and with his winpercentage of .700 (21-9), he is tied for 23rd in school history.Madsen ranks 14th in fewest hits allowed (215), tied for eighth infewest bases on balls (83), 11th in fewest runs (117) and is 13thin fewest earned runs allowed (101). Madsen has pitched in 55games, which ties him for 17th. Trent Luyster has made 56appearances in his career to rank 15th. Luyster is third withfewest bases on balls (58), 13th in fewest runs (121) and is tiedfor 14th with fewest earned runs allowed (102). In just his secondyear as a Buckeye, Trey Fausnaugh has made 53 appearances, which isthe 20th-most in school history.

Ohio State went to Ann Arbor last weekend trying to claw its way back into contention for a bid to the Big Ten Tournament, instead the Buckeyes and Wolverines played only one of the four games in a snow-shortened series. Michigan relied on the arm of Jim Brauer, who fanned 10, and an eight-run fifth inning to hand Ohio State an 11-3 in the first ever night game at Ray Fisher Stadium.

The Wolverines scored twice in the third thanks to one hit and one Buckeye error, but then used six hits and two more errors to score eight in the fifth to build a 10-0 lead. Michigan scored its first two runs of the inning when Dan DeLucia misfired on the throw to first on a bunt by Matt Butler that also enabled him to get to third. He scored on a base hit by Chris Getz. DeLucia walked Kyle Bohm to put runners at first and second and when DeLucia’s wild throw on a pick-off attempt at first sailed past Paul Farinacci, allowed another run to score and put a runner at third, he was sent to the dugout in favor of Jeffrey Carroll. Carroll gave up three runs on three hits before Rory Meister came in to get the Buckeyes out of the biggest inning by an opponent this season.

Eric Fryer launched his first home run as a Buckeye, a one-out, solo shot in the sixth inning that he deposited over the fence in left field to put Ohio State on the board. Michigan got the run back in the bottom of the inning, scoring on a Meister wild pitch. The Buckeyes scored their final two runs of the game in the eighth inning, using hits by Fryer and Mike Rabin, a pair of Michigan errors and a sacrifice fly by Steve Caravati to pull within the 11-3 final score.

Brauer limited the Buckeyes to only one base runner until the sixth inning when Fryer’s home run stopped a string of 15 straight retired batters. When he left, he had struck out 10 with only one walk and had allowed all three runs on five hits in 7.1 innings. Derek Feldkamp pitched the rest of the way. The two allowed six hits by Ohio State, three of which came off the bat of Rabin and two off of Fryer. Paul Farinacci delivered the only other Buckeye hit. DeLucia fell to 2-3 with the loss.

Michigan State was trying to do something last weekend at Ohio State that no team had ever been able to do before and that was sweep the Buckeyes at Bill Davis Stadium. In the nine-year history of the stadium, only Michigan had won a series on the Buckeyes home turf (2003 and 2004). This time it was different. The Spartans won the first three games of the series (not even the Wolverines did that) to make a sweep possible, but Ohio State won in the bottom of the ninth to thwart the Spartan bid.

Ohio State lost the first three games 2-0, 12-3 and 8-1. It scored only four runs and had only 22 hits in the first three games of the series. The Buckeyes won 8-7 in the series finale, getting an RBI single from freshman Matt Angle to score freshman Eric Fryer, who reached on a hit of his own and then stole second to set up the score. Ohio State relief pitching allowed a grand slam to tie the game in the top of the ninth after leading by as many as five runs two different times. The Buckeyes finished the series with 12 runs on 35 hits, while Michigan State scored 29 runs on 45 hits.

Senior outfielder and co-captain Mike Rabin led the Buckeyes in going 6-for-12 with three runs batted in and two runs scored. He launched his third career home run in the second game of the series. Chris Macke, Jedidiah Stephen and Jacob Howell each delivered four hits in the series, though the Buckeyes hit just .276. Rabin is the leading Buckeye hitter in Big Ten play, batting .342 in the 12 games. He and Paul Farinacci each have three hits, while Farinacci has delivered seven RBI.

For Michigan State, Sean Walker belted three home runs and drove in four RBI, including the grand slam that tied game four in the top of the ninth. He had five hits and a slugging percentage of 1.077. He and teammate Tim Day who pitched an eight-hit complete game in the 2-0 victory on Friday, earned Big Ten player and pitcher of the week for their performances against the Scarlet and Gray.

Ohio State freshman left-handed pitcher Cory Luebke was named to Baseball America’s mid-season Freshman All-America Team earlier this month. Luebke, a 18th-round draft by of the Pittsburgh Pirates last summer, is one of four starting pitchers to appear on the list. He joins James Adkins (LHP, Tennessee), David Prince (LHP, Vanderbilt) and Nick Schmidt (LHP, Arkansas). Luebke is 3-2 on the year with a 2.58 ERA, the third best in the Big Ten. Luebke has made 10 appearances with starts in his last seven games. He picked up his first career win against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, going the distance in a 4-1 Buckeye win. In that game he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, before allowing only four hits in his first complete game. He also beat Dartmouth before losing to Illinois and Michigan State. He beat Purdue for his third win of the season.

Ohio State took three of four games from Purdue April 8-10 at Bill Davis Stadium. In the Big Ten home opener, the Boilermakers handed the Buckeyes a 7-1 loss, their sixth loss in a row. Ohio State regrouped on Saturday to take both ends of the doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-1, before clinching the series win with a 4-2 victory in game four.

Despite getting a career-high 10 strikeouts from starter Trent Luyster, the Buckeye defense let the game get away from them. Trailing only 3-1 entering the ninth inning, two Purdue hits and two Buckeye errors led to four runs in the inning as the Boilermakers cruised to the six-run victory. It was the sixth straight loss for Ohio State.

Some say the third time is the charm, but for Ohio State head coach Bob Todd, it took seven times to earn his 700th career victory after winning No. 699 on March 30. After Cody Caughenbaugh tied the game 3-3 with a single, Jason Zoeller launched his fourth home run of the season, a three-run blast, to give the Buckeyes a 6-3 lead. Purdue was able to add a run, but Todd and the Buckeyes walked off the field victorious after the 6-4 win. In game three of the series, Jacob Howell was 2-for-2 with two RBI and Mike Madsen pitched his first complete game of the season to give Ohio State a 5-1 triumph to sweep the doubleheader. Madsen struck out six, allowed only four hits in winning his 19th game of his career.

Dan DeLucia and Jeffrey Carroll, both 2003 graduates of Bishop Watterson High School, combined to pitch the Buckeyes to a 4-2 victory in game four to clinch the series win. DeLucia retired the first 14 batters he faced but allowed both runs on seven hits before giving way to Carroll in the eighth. Carroll was touched for only one hit in picking up his first career save.

With a 6-4 victory over Purdue in the second game of the series, Bob Todd earned yet another milestone victory in his 22-year career. The win was his 700th at Ohio State. In his 18th season in Columbus, Todd is now 706-369-2 (.657). He improved his career record to 830-440-2 (.653). Todd entered the season ranked among the Top 25 active coaches by both win percentage and total victories.

Todd’s Milestone Ohio State Wins
1 – Feb. 27, 1988 vs. Louisville (16-2)
100 – Feb. 22, 1991 vs. Dartmouth (14-7)
200 – March 28, 1993 vs. Cleveland St. (9-5)
300 – April 13, 1995 at Wright State (16-6)
400 – May 16, 1997 at Michigan (9-2)
*480 – May 8, 1999 vs. Michigan St. (11-1)
500 – March 22, 2000 vs. Florida Int’l (2-0)
600 – May 19, 2002 vs. Minnesota (9-2)
700 – April 9, 2005 vs. Purdue (6-4)
*became the winningest coach in Ohio State history

Todd’s Milestone Career Victories
1 – March 23, 1984 vs. Mercer (18-4)
100 – March 25, 1987 vs. UNC-Wilm. (12-10)
200 – April 1, 1990 vs. Wisconsin (7-4)
300 – April 22, 1992 vs. Ohio (16-2)
400 – May 14, 1994 vs. Purdue (8-7)
500 – March 30, 1997 at Michigan St. (4-0)
600 – May 5, 1999 vs. Oakland (11-9)
700 – March 17, 2002 vs. Detroit (7-2)
800 – May 8, 2004 vs. Penn State (3-1)

Todd’s Milestone Big Ten Wins
1 – April 3, 1988 vs. Illinois (14-6)
100 – May 1, 1993 vs. Michigan (3-2)
200 – May 10, 1998 vs. Michigan State (5-4)
300 – April 2, 2004 vs. Illinois (5-1)

For only the second time at Ohio State since Bob Todd began coaching, the Buckeyes were swept in a four-game conference series. Illinois swept the series in grand fashion, winning the finale with a two-run walk-off home run to seal a 6-4 victory and only the sixth-ever sweep against Ohio State since the Big Ten began playing four-game series in 1981. The Illini won the first three games of the series by scores of 7-1, 4-1 and 5-4.

Illinois erupted for five runs on six hits in the sixth inning to hand the Buckeyes a 7-1 loss and snap their 10-game win streak. J.R. Kyes went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead Illinois. Jedidiah Stephen led Ohio State with a single and a double. Paul Farinacci delivered the only OSU run in the top of the second inning. Trent Luyster fell to 4-2 with the loss. Jason Zoeller’s 13-game hit streak came to an end.

In game two, the Illini scored all four of their runs in the first inning to down the Buckeyes 4-1. Steve Caravati drove in Zoeller with a double down the left field line in the sixth inning. Zoeller, Caravati and Ronnie Bourquin had the three hits for Ohio State. In the second game of a doubleheader, Illinois dodged a late-inning rally by Ohio State to win 5-4. The Illini had sprinted to a 5-0 lead after the fourth inning before Farinacci delivered his first home run of the season, a grand slam he bounced off the top of the right-field fence in the top of the sixth. The Buckeyes stranded one runner in the seventh when Bourquin was tagged out sliding into first.

The luck of the Buckeyes appeared to change in the series finale when they took a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning, but Illinois tied the game in the bottom of the inning before the two-run walk-off home run in the ninth won the game 6-4. Mike Rabin was 3-for-4 in the game, while Zoeller and Chris Macke each had two hits and one RBI. Reliever Trey Fausnaugh gave up the home run to get the loss. The last 0-4 start by Ohio State was in 1987, the year before Todd arrived to Columbus.

Former Ohio State Buckeye Nick Swisher appeared on the opening-day roster of the Oakland Athletics. Swisher, who finished the 2004 season on the Oakland roster after being called up Sept. 3, became the highest-ever drafted player from Ohio State when he was picked 16th overall in the first round of the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft. He batted .323 in his three years with the Buckeyes, batting in 156 runs with 35 home runs. He had a .613 slugging percentage and a .452 on-base percentage while at Ohio State and was a starter in 166 of the 169 games in which he played. During his junior season, Swisher batted .348 with a team-best 52 RBI and 10 home runs. Swisher, a First Team All-Big Ten selection both as a sophomore and junior, had 64 hits, including 10 homers in 2002. He was a freshman All-American and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000.

Ohio State baseball games are being broadcast again this season on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM), which will broadcast a total of 40 regular-season games, plus all postseason contests. Neil Sika and Paul Barnes will call the action. Live audio is available on the Internet at or by clicking a link at

Ohio State takes to the road this weekend for a non-traditional Big Ten series at Penn State. Finals and graduation forced the schedule to be pushed back from a Friday start to a Saturday start. The teams will play one game Saturday at 1:05 p.m. and will play a doubleheader Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before concluding the series Monday with a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. All four games will be broadcasted on the Internet at while only the two games on Sunday will be on NPR 820 (WOSU-AM).